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Culture & The Arts

Articles on contemporary society--its beliefs, values, and accomplishments; plus, original poetry and fiction

Nov 30, 2022

A Simple Christmas

"There comes a time when our souls need more respite than even the traditions of Christmas can offer us."

A Simple Christmas

Nov 30, 2022

Handel’s Messiah

"There is only one full proof indication that Christmas is coming: the endless performances of George Frideric Handel’s Messiah. Yup, it’s that time of year!

Handel’s Messiah

Nov 30, 2022

‘Happy Holidays’ vs. ‘Merry Christmas’: A twist

"But does including us demand that Christians must be punished by not being allowed to have anything Christian in the culture anymore?"

‘Happy Holidays’ vs. ‘Merry Christmas’: A twist

Nov 30, 2022

That Time You Weren't Exceptionally Divine

They say that a watched pot never boils. That’s a lie. It does boil, but do you know what doesn’t?

That Time You Weren't Exceptionally Divine

Oct 15, 2022

Pronouns

Next time someone asks you for your ‘pronouns,’ try telling them, ‘you/you’…see what happens.

Pronouns

Oct 15, 2022

Kandinsky: The Painter of Other Worlds

The role of the artist is to challenge “common sense,” to point out the unrecognized assumptions that underpin naïve realism and to suggest certain directions we might travel in pursuit of deeper truth.

Kandinsky: The Painter of Other Worlds

Oct 15, 2022

Be a Bee

Why ‘milk and honey?’ Why not ‘sour grapes and corn mash?’ Turns out, it’s all about the honey!

Be a Bee

Oct 15, 2022

The Unexpected Sophistication of B Movies

Pulling that off was more artistic in his opinion than any of the “new age” stuff out there pushing the envelope.

The Unexpected Sophistication of B Movies

Sep 1, 2022

Learn to Swym

“Language Endures. We Don’t” – now that is a bumper sticker!

Learn to Swym

Sep 1, 2022

Social Dynamics

So, the thousands of people out there in America outside the herd are finding each other.

Social Dynamics

Jul 13, 2022

How to Coach an Undefeated Football Team

If football is nothing else, it is a metaphor for life. The values of determination, responsibility, teamwork, flexibility, and focus apply to every aspect of life, not just football. This is a formula for success on a football field, but it is also a formula for success in life.

How to Coach an Undefeated Football Team

May 31, 2022

Haiku Corner

Does this formal rigor seem like it would be inhibiting? The reverse is true. It’s liberating!

Haiku Corner

May 31, 2022

Mary Poppins, Sufi Master

The story of Mary Poppins is the story of one small boy’s initiation into the teachings of Sufi spirituality and the secrets of Sufi mysticism. When the initiation of Michael Banks is complete, Michael has come, at least in some measure, to know the mind of God. Not bad for seven-years-old!

Mary Poppins, Sufi Master

May 31, 2022

Parshat Emor: Making It All Count

“Counting the Omer – like the shemitah cycle – invites us to believe that each day, week and year is count-worthy, valuable and unique.”

Parshat Emor: Making It All Count

May 31, 2022

The Meaning of Music

We pray the Psalms hoping to conform our minds, our values, our wills to God’s. Remember, God is his essence; we, on the other hand, are each free to create our own essences. Unfortunately, most of us are making a hash of it! Music elucidates the pre-verbal, non-phenomenal structures of the real world. Its meaning is not subject to logical analysis, scientific verification, or mathematical proof. The only test of music’s validity is its beauty.

The Meaning of Music